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Amy Harlib, 56, describes her performances as "flowing feats of flexibility that few folks can achieve at any age, let alone over 50."

She began with ballet, but quickly moved on to more demanding, yoga-based performance.

"I got bored really quickly," she said.

Harlib, a Chelsea resident, uses humor, a love for science fiction and an uncanny ability to shape and contort her body for crowds throughout the New York City area.

Using some of her self-described obsessions as inspiration, she dedicates her performances to influences like Star Trek, Star Wars, Judaism and techno trance music.

She does so despite a disintegrated disc in her spine, two torn rotator cuffs, a hip replacement and bursitis in her left knee.

"I give my audiences everything I have. I crave it, and obsess about it, just like an addict," she said.

For Harlib, who describes herself as a lifelong bachelorette, performance is a way of reaching out to and connecting with audiences.

"I know how to flirt with my audiences and make them love me. And when our audience loves us, it is the best thing in the world."

The Amazing Amy is a product of the MediaStorm Storytelling Workshop, where participants work alongside MediaStorm staff to create an intimate, character-driven documentary in just one week. Learn more about upcoming MediaStorm workshops and online training at mediastorm.com/train.

Published: May 12, 2011


Photography and Video: Espen Rasmussen, Terje Bringedal, Torsten Kjellstrand
Interview and Editor: Finn Ryan
Field Producer: Tim McLaughlin
Producer: Jennifer Redfearn
Associate Producer: Juliette Lynch
Executive Producer: Brian Storm
Workshop Director: Jessica Stuart
Graphics: Tim Klimowicz

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